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97 Things to Do Before…..

September 2, 2009


This post is going to be one of my Bulletin Boards on a Budget.  Library budgets are tight these days, if you even have one. When I get really creative, it’s my own money I use to buy the supplies for the display.  I designed this bulletin board with items I already had on hand. 

The book was part of our library collection. 
The card stock were colors we purchased a few years ago. 
(500 sheet packs – on clearance – gotta love ’em))
Clip art printed on my computer from Microsoft office. 

I found this book in May of this year and as soon as I saw it, I knew that it was going be a great bulletin board for back to school.  We have a new class of seniors that are already getting sentimental about graduation.  They have time to accomplish some if not all of the goals in this book and still do their homework. 

If you work at the elementary school level you could easily tweak some of the suggestions around to apply to grade school children.  Many of the 97 things should apply to everyone, even adults.  E.g. Spend quality time with your grandparents, Go green, Make peace with a sibling.

I picked out card stock from what we had on hand, in complimentary colors to the book cover; green, yellow and orange shades.  (The book cover is a green color rather than the blue tone that it came out to be in the photo.)  Using my computer, I chose a font that closely matched that of the book and printed out the things I’d chosen to suggest on card stock.  I used clip art in Microsoft Office to illustrate the numbered things.  When I typed in “argument” to the search window, I got happy faces…being not so happy.  I really liked the piggy bank for #78 “Open a Savings Account.”

If you want to spend the extra money you can print out the illustrations in color or even use actual photos.  If you have library helpers, this could be their first assignment in your class.  Design a bulletin board using this book.  I would actually be afraid to suggest this as an assignment.  One of the “97 things” was to “Practice Safe Sex.”  I would like to start the year off right and NOT spend any time in the Principal’s office explaining my “great bulletin board idea.” Best to leave the Safe Sex discussion for the Health teacher’s class.

From the scraps that were left over, I punched squares, circles and triangles to make accents of color around each “numbered thing.” (I don’t know what else to call them.)  : )


The student comments have been positive. 
“Mrs. Hot, can you show me how to start  a scrapbook?”  
“I’ve signed up for Mr. Twinkle-toe’s dance class after school.” 
“Oooh, that’s really cool, Mrs. Hot!”  (I have to agree.) 
I left the book on the counter so that students can browse through the suggestions, and they have. 
Chalk up another point for Mrs. Hot.